What if you could live to be 200?
And better yet, what if you could feel younger at 200 years old than most 65-year-old people feel today?
It’s not as absurd as you might think…
While aging is a natural process for all living organisms, you can slow the rate of decline associated with aging. And in some cases, you can even reverse it.
That’s right! You can grow older with fewer aches, pains, and diseases. And have more joy and health with each year that passes.
In this article, you’ll discover 5 simple strategies that help you age gracefully and painlessly — which just might unlock a longer average lifespan in the near future.
Before we dive into the 5 tips on how to live longer and age well, let’s first look at the three main theories on aging.
One person who believes humans can live to 200 years old is David Sinclair. Sinclair’s a longevity researcher at Harvard Medical School. He also published the fascinating book, Lifespan: Why We Age—and Why We Don’t Have To.
In his book, Sinclair makes the case that aging itself is a disease. A disease that can be slowed and even reversed. And he argues that by doing this, it would fundamentally change the way age-related diseases are researched and treated today.
He’s also come up with three different theories behind aging. Once you understand these, you’ll realize that living to 200 years old isn’t as much of a pipe dream as it seems.
Let’s jump into these 3 theories now:
Corrupted DNA leads to dead or senescent cells. They’re also called zombie cells (which is a much cooler name, right?).
As these zombie cells build up in your body, it’s kind of like walking up a cliff. One day you feel moderately fine, then the next day, you fall off the cliff, and your health and wellbeing falls along with it.
While that sounds like bad news, it's possible to repair your damaged DNA.
How can you do that?
One important molecule for DNA repair is NAD+, which stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide. It’s a critical coenzyme found in every cell in your body, and it’s involved in over 500 metabolic processes.
Your body makes its own NAD+. But your levels decline as a natural part of the aging process.
Besides turning food into energy and helping your body metabolize protein, NAD+ also turns on processes that protect your body against aging.
How do you enhance your NAD+ levels?
One of the best ways is when your body experiences hormesis (or positive stress) from exercising, for example.
Which leads me into the next theory:
As you age, your cells produce oxidants, also called free radicals. While oxidation is a natural process in your body, overabundance of oxidative stress causes disease and even cancer.
Some of the common culprits behind too much oxidative stress include:
These lead to poor detoxification and too much acidity in your digestive tract, which results in cellular damage and speeds up the aging process.
(Need help detoxifying? Check out this article for 3 nutrients which detoxify your liver.)
Besides avoiding the four main culprits mentioned above, another way to reduce your oxidative stress is by eating nutrient-dense whole foods.
Eating the rainbow of foods and supplementing with antioxidants (like vitamin C) helps maintain your cellular repair and proper pH balance.
As for the last theory on aging…
Hundreds of mitochondria live in each of your cells. These mitochondria are responsible for making your energy, a molecule called ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
Your mitochondria are like your gym and mechanical room in your home. They power you up.
But when your mitochondria dysfunction, your cells create energy outside the mitochondria, which creates cancer cells. Our bodies have processes to kill off these cancer cells. But when we have an accumulation of them along with the other causes of aging mentioned above, we have a recipe for massive decline.
That’s the bad news.
The good news?
There are 5 simple ways to slow this aging process and feel better as you age instead of worse.
Now that we’ve covered the three main theories behind why we age, let’s chat about my 5 favorite ways to slow down this process — and live longer and healthier.
Remember those zombie cells we chatted about earlier? Well, you can kill them off through a process called autophagy, which happens as a natural part of fasting.
Autophagy is when your body cleans out dead proteins. And it works like street sweepers after the ball drops in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.
Imagine you’re in Times Square as the ball drops and brings in the new year. There are an overwhelming number of people. And everyone’s littering confetti and plastic wrappers everywhere.
Well, at a certain point, everyone goes home and the street sweepers come out to clean up the chaos.
This is how autophagy works inside your body.
Imagine now that nobody left Times Square and everyone stayed partying indefinitely. This is what happens inside your body when you’re constantly eating!
The sticky proteins accumulate in your body and brain, causing amyloid plaques (which is associated with Alzheimer’s.)
That’s why intermittent fasting is one of my favorite tips. It gives your body a break, cleans nasty things from your cells, and helps you look (and feel) younger and healthier.
Or in other words… taking care of all the basic stuff that contributes to your wellbeing.
While these are obvious, they often go overlooked. And they are some of the most effective ways to decrease oxidative stress in your body. Plus, they help your body maintain the proper repair mechanisms which prevent further damage.
But what does this mean exactly?
Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep every day.
Drink a gallon of water each day.
Take a 30-minute walk every day.
And pick a whole foods diet protocol that works for your lifestyle and your body. Your diet is the most important influencer of your gene expression, so I highly encourage you to examine if your diet is best for you.
If you’re thinking about starting a keto diet, check out this article.
Even eating the perfect diet often isn’t enough for our bodies today. That’s because the nutrient contents of every food we eat have fallen off a cliff due to modern agriculture and use of pesticides.
That’s where wise supplementation comes into play to seal up any leaks in your nutrition. Plus, supplementing is an easy way to get more antioxidants into your body.
One of my favorite supplements is Metabolic Greens for two reasons:
I can hear you saying, “But I don’t have time to meditate, Kristina!” already.
If Oprah, countless CEOs, and top athletes have time to meditate every day, so do you!
It’s a lot like exercising — you have to make it a priority for a few weeks, but once it’s in your routine, you’ll look forward to doing it every day 🙂
And check this out:
Meditation reduces oxidative stress in your body. And it slows down the chemical cascade caused by being in fight-or-flight mode all the time.
And you know what?
Meditating will actually give you more time because it helps you make better decisions and focus on important tasks.
Your body is a complicated electrochemical computer. All biological processes I mentioned in this article have an electrical component, which is why you can zap a friend with static.
Well, you know what else has an electrical component and carries an electrical charge?
By connecting barefoot with the ground (or laying on the ground or the beach), it rebalances your electric gradient and brings us into homeostasis, which can balance your blood pressure or circadian rhythm for example.
This is why you feel so relaxed and refreshed on the beach (besides the being on vacation part)!
But here’s the problem:
Our shoes have rubber soles, which insulates us from the earth, so we don’t get the balancing benefits of grounding.
But check this out:
Grounding for just 22 minutes after changing time zones will adjust your circadian rhythm to whichever new time zone you're in! That’s right, you might never have to deal with jet lag again 🙂
And the best part about grounding?
It’s completely free! Just go outside, barefoot, and stick your toes into the grass. (It also feels amazing — because it’s something most of us don’t do often!)
If you want to dive deeper on some of these topics, watch this YouTube video I recorded on the topic:
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